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Metro DX Club Meeting Minutes

                                                                 June 17, 2016

 The meeting was called to order by President Jim N9TK with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at 19:32.

In attendance, besides Jim, were John W9ILY, Bob K9CJ, Bob K9MDO, Matt KA9BBQ and XYL Barb KA9BAG, Carl K9CS, Jerry K9PY,  Bob N9ORD, Dennis KA9ZZT, Thomas N9IHZ, Jim NV9X, Phil N9LAH, Don K9NR, Lee WA9LEY, Jeff KD9APD, Mark K9TP, Jan WG9V, Mike K9LSH, Val NV9L, Jerry WB9Z and guests Ken W9IE and Brian WD9HSY. Following the meeting Brian submitted his membership application.

In a departure from our usual format due to the special program by WB9Z, Jerry began the evening with his K5P program. We all enjoyed Jerry’s descriptions and video from his DXpedition to Palmyra. It was certainly enjoyed and greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jerry!!

Following a short break for refreshments and snacks our regular business meeting was held.


Health and Welfare: Nothing to report

The MINUTES as distributed were reviewed and K9TP moved for approval, seconded by KA9BBQ.

The TREASURERS REPORT was distributed by John, W9ILY. The amount of $1,520.47 is available for donations. Income of $64.26 was from dues and a donation by KA9BBQ. Thanks, Matt! Expenses of $89.88 were incurred for a CQDX Marathon plaque for our second year and a cap for an honorary member. A motion to approve the treasurer’s report was made, seconded and the report was approved.

WUST awards: No activity.

K9ILX Estate:  $400 was received for equipment sold at Dayton. 

The EOC antenna is still on hold pending an antenna decision. N9TK described the situation and noted that an AV680 might be a possibility. No budgetary information has been received from the EOC.

K9CJ reported on SDR Radio project. Bob has the kit and will bring to the July meeting.


We finished 43rd out on 98 clubs in NAQP-CW. In the CQDX Marathon Metro finished 7th out of 80 clubs, some of which were huge East Coast clubs.

FUTURE DONATIONS: This was discussed by the group. K9PY mentioned the possibility of providing an antenna for the EOC. Its use was discussed. Donations to NCDXF in the amount of $400 and $200 to INDEXA were discussed. A motion to that effect was made by K9TP, seconded by K9CS and all were in favor. N9TK will research the Tinley Park Library for a possible donation of ARRL books with our Metro DX Club information included.

Special Event Station: We will operate a Special Event using the call W9C in honor of Walter Cronkite’s 100th birthday on November 4th. The call has been reserved for operation from October 31 through November 6. Bands and modes will need to be coordinated. Hopefully a Google reservation process can be set up similar to the W1AW/9 operation last year. N9TK has been in contact with one of Mr. Cronkite’s descendants, Cathy Cronkite, to let the family know of the tribute.


New Member: We welcomed our newest club member, Louis ACØX. Unfortunately Louis was unable to attend but plans to attend our July meeting.

ARRL Club Insurance: Our policy will need to be renewed on August 1st for a cost of $200. A question was raised as to whether a rider is available for events where alcohol is available. W9ILY will research this.

Field Day: K9CJ reported that we have lots of help but our location at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center has yet to be confirmed by the EOC.

Annual August 6th picnic: Chairman Mark May K9TP reported that he has received a number of responses from members volunteering food, etc. All appears to be progressing well.

August meeting: Since we have our picnic in August, there is no regular meeting. However, as we did in the past, we will join the NIDXA group for a joint meeting on August 12 at the Moran Athletic Club in Joliet that Paul K9NU has reserved.

General Discussion:

The Flex 6000 systems and their Maestro controller were discussed by N9TK, W9IE and K9NR. All had very favorable comments. K9MDO reported that he had recently visited Cuba but did not operate from there.

A motion to adjourn was made by K9MDO and seconded by KA9ZZT. The meeting was called to a CLOSE at 21:13.